Gary Tuchman is not so sure this time.
On March 22, CNN touted a “major development” in the Trayvon Martin case when it released a report including enhanced audio techniques that alleged George Zimmerman used a racial slur before shooting and killing the unarmed Martin. Now, the network is not so sure. CNN’s Gary Tuchman explored the audio, working with the network’s audio design specialist to determine whether Zimmerman said the word “coons” before he shot Martin.
“It sounds like this allegation could be accurate,” Tuchman said. “I wouldn’t swear to it in court. But that’s what it sounds like to me.”
“It certainly sounds like that word to me,” he later added.
On Wednesday, the network took a different tone when it released “new enhanced 911 audio.” Zimmerman’s attorneys told CNN that the word in question was “punks,” not the racial slur. CNN checked this out with forensic audio expert Tom Owen, who agreed with Zimmerman’s lawyers.